I have never personally applied for a patent but, had I stayed in industry, I am sure that, by now, I would have.
However, today, while actually digging further into the background on a very provocative article, "Troves of Personal Data, Forbidden to Researchers," by John Markoff in yesterday's New York Times, in which names of several colleagues that I know quite well:, Bernardo Huberman of HP, Barabasi of Northeastern, Hal Varian, now of Google, and Alex Pentland of MIT's Media Lab, I came upon some recently granted patents.
The inventor of these patents is Dr. Daniel Palestrant. He is an MD so I defer to him and call him Dr. and he is also an entrepreneur as the founder of Sermo and Par80. The three patents that he has been granted cite two papers that I co-authored (all with females) on an earlier National Science Foundation grant: Decentralized Decision Making in Complex Network Systems. My Co-PIs on this grant were June Dong and Pat Mokhtarian. The grant also supported the research of my then doctoral student, Tina Wakolbinger.
Our papers that are cited in the 3 patents are:
Multicriteria network equilibrium modeling with variable weights for decision-making in the Information Age with applications to telecommuting and teleshopping (with J. Dong and P. L. Mokhtarian) (2002), Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 26, 1629-1650
Dynamic supernetworks for the integration of social networks and supply chains with electronic commerce: Modeling and analysis of buyer-seller relationships with computations (with T. Wakolbinger) (2004), Netnomics, 6, 153-185.
And, Dr. Palestrant also cites the work of Varian and Barabasi in these patents, as well as several others who have contributed to network science!